Worker Correspondents: Electricians Suffer under Contractor Control of Apprenticeship Program

By Oliver Powell An apprenticeship program described by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) in Texas as an “earn as you learn” program for new electrical workers relies on stringent rules and contractual obligations to keep wages lower than the occupational average, mainly because private contractors are able to control the apprenticeship program and suppress the wages of apprentices. Apprentices found that over time, … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: Electricians Suffer under Contractor Control of Apprenticeship Program

Georgia: 6 Poultry Plant Workers Killed in Liquid Nitrogen Leak

Cover photo by Scott Rogers By Brian Martel At a Georgia poultry plant Thursday morning, six workers were killed and another eleven were hospitalized after a liquid nitrogen leak. Three of the hospitalized workers are in critical condition. The plant, located in Gainesville, was owned by Prime Pak Foods until early January, when the company merged with Victory Processing to form Foundation Food Group, which … Continue reading Georgia: 6 Poultry Plant Workers Killed in Liquid Nitrogen Leak

Worker Correspondents: Muranaka Farms, Largest US Green Onion Distributor, Neglects Workers During Pandemic

By Serran Soledad Tribune of the People spoke with two workers from Muranaka Farms (the largest distributor of green onions in the United States), about work-related grievances, including lack of Covid-19 precautions and high employee turnover. With farms in California, Arizona, and Mexico, Muranaka owns 450 acres of land in Ventura County alone, employing over 150 workers from all over the county to pick green … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: Muranaka Farms, Largest US Green Onion Distributor, Neglects Workers During Pandemic